Booster target within reach

Penangites lining up to register for their booster shots at Sunshine Square banquet hall in Bayan Baru last month.

WITH 100 private clinics and 10 off-site locations as vaccination centres alongside outreach programmes across all districts, Penang expects to reach the target of giving booster shots to all adults in the state by the end of February.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state Health Department (JKNPP) had been urged to expedite the administering of booster doses.

“We are confident that Penang will be able to achieve the target set by the Health Ministry.

“However, so far, there are no walk-in policies and all appointments will be given through the MySejahtera app.

“This is to prevent congestion at the vaccination centres,” he said in a statement.

Chow said he directed JKNPP to continue monitoring the situation which included the trend of infection, the R-naught (Rt) rate and the response time to prevent a sudden spike in cases which could cripple the healthcare system.

“JKNPP and all the agencies involved were also urged to prepare and mobilise their resources should there be a spike in cases, specifically involving the Omicron variant.

“Besides this, the state Special Security Committee meeting for Covid-19 management has decided to maintain Caring Society Complex as a Covid-19 low-risk quarantine and treatment centre (PKRC),” said Chow.

The complex will function as a drive-through Covid-19 Assessment Centre for the northeast district as well.

In Jawi, the Mara Excellence Centre will continue as a PKRC for the state. Bahang Bay and Vouk Suites Hotel on the island will function as private quarantine centres for travellers returning from overseas who are persons under surveillance.

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